Category Archives: Sensitivity & feedbacks

The Astonishing Math of Michael Ghil’s Climate Sensitivity

by Robert Ellison

Climate sensitivity is large in the vicinity of tipping points but moderate otherwise.

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Mechanisms for Warming of the Oceans

by Donald Rapp

This paper describes a model that uses the basics of heat transfer to demonstrate than an increase in downwelling infrared radiation associated with increased CO2 reduces heat loss from the mixed layer of the ocean, causing the ocean to warm.

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Critique of Mann’s new paper characterizing the AMO

by Nic Lewis

Michael Mann has had a paper on the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO) accepted by Geophysical Research Letters.  The paper seeks to overturn the current understanding of the AMO. But on my reading of the paper Mann’s case is built on results that do not support his contentions.

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Simplicity amidst complexity (?)

by Judith Curry

Isaac Held’s new article in Science raises some interesting questions.

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Climate sensitivity: technical discussion thread

by Judith Curry

The Lewis and Crok paper is stimulating much discussion; unfortunately little of it is technical.  Lets devote a thread to technical discussion on the issues the raise.

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Lewis and Crok: Climate less sensitive to CO2 than models suggest

by Judith Curry

Nic Lewis and Marcel Crok have published a new report on climate sensitivity.

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Seasonal radiative response

by Steve McGee

In science, one likes to have more examples than theories. – Dusan Djuric

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